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Firefighters recovering in ICU after truck ladder dropped

Firefighters recovering in ICU after truck ladder dropped

Three Hall County firefighters are still in ICU but doing well today after they were injured Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder fell about 20 feet during a training session.

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GOP school chief race too close to call

ATLANTA — The Republican primary runoff for state school superintendent proved too close to call Tuesday night.

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Runoff draws small crowd

Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday’s runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

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Parents to get help with buying school supplies

Parents to get help with buying school supplies

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Good News at Noon: Mr. B celebrates 92 years

Good News at Noon: Mr. B celebrates 92 years

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Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge detour coming to end

Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road appears on target to reopen to through traffic Saturday.

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Commissioner appointed to state board

Scott Gibbs has been appointed to serve on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board, which implements community and economic development, government assistance and affordable housing.

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Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

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Day care will not appeal revocation of license

A Clermont day care at the center of the burned 16-month-old toddler investigation on Tuesday informed the Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

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3 firefighters injured after truck's ladder falls

3 firefighters injured after truck's ladder falls

Three Hall County firefighters suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when a fire truck ladder malfunctioned during a training session.

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Vote count begins in state primary runoff

Vote count begins in state primary runoff

Georgia’s longest runoff election, mandated by judges to ensure military and other overseas voters had time to return their ballots, finally ended today.

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Heart hospital raises $1M

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the state’s top heart hospital, has raised over $1 million to improve treatment with the addition of the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit.

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Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood mayor recovering in hospital after medical incident

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs is recovering at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a drop in blood pressure Sunday.

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Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

Atlanta Ballet pro brings artistry, experience to Gainesville summer intensive program

For many dancers at the Gainesville Ballet Company, dance is more than just an after-school activity.

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Gainesville schools to put goals in action

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

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The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

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Lula OKs rezoning for trucking operations

It took a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, but Lula City Council approved 3-2 Tony McGuire’s request to change zoning from highway business to light industrial on 17 acres in the Mountain View Industrial Park.

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Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

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Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Pilots petition Army Corp of Engineers for right to land on Lake Lanier

Troy Wheeler dipped the wings of his bright yellow Piper Cub seaplane toward Lake Lanier as he circled back toward Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

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Mobile Vet Center to be at Habersham County Labor Department

Counseling for veterans will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 as the Mobile Vet Center visits the Georgia Department of Labor’s Habersham Career Center at 205 Hodges St., Cornelia.

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Hall Democratic Party to hold delegate election

A caucus will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hall County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1011-1021 Athens St., Gainesville, to elect delegates to the Georgia Democratic Convention.

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Training to start for CASA volunteers

Training is Aug. 12 for those interested in becoming court-appointed special advocates in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties.

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Gainesville schools begin implementing strategic plan

Gainesville schools have begun implementing their new strategic plan, and that plan is all about putting district goals in action.

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Pregnant woman hit by car ID'd as nearby resident

A pregnant Hall County woman was heading home from a Ga. 365 convenience store when she was struck and killed by a motorist Sunday night, a Georgia State Patrol trooper said Monday.

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King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

King’s Hawaiian expansion underway

Work is moving along in the expansion of the King’s Hawaiian plant in Oakwood, an effort that could eventually double employment there.

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Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal

A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.

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Hall narrows focus to specific tax collections

The Hall County Tax Commissioner’s Office has slowed its efforts to collect taxes owed on watercraft and personal property due to budget constraints and understaffing.

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New amnesty law has limited impact in area

Despite Gov. Nathan Deal signing a medical amnesty bill three months ago, the new law allowing for immunities on arrests when a person seeks emergency services has not had many noticeable effects in the purview of law enforcement or medical staff.

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Officials: Hot car deaths avoidable

Accidents in which children die after being left in vehicles are more common than one might think. According to car safety expert Kimberly Martin, more than 40 children died in hot cars in the United States last year alone.

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County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

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Gut check graduation

Gut check graduation

The Gainesville Jaycees sponsor and conduct the military-style camp to instill discipline and teach leadership qualities to a wide ranging group of Hall County middle school boys. Graduation was Sunday at Gainesville Civic Center. Ryan Sawyer, one of the program’s main instructors,  said “This program is about getting them to grow up and contribute to the community.”

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Class Notes: School board meets at new locale today

The Gainesville City School Board will have its regular meeting today at 6 p.m. in the municipal courtroom at the public safety complex on Queen City Parkway.

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Unidentified pregnant pedestrian killed in NE Hall County

A pregnant woman was killed late Sunday night as she crossed Ga. 365 near Mud Creek Road, according to law enforcement officials.

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GOP Senate hopefuls focus on North Ga. voters

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Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

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Lumpkin Campground camp meeting set for this week

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Parents cope with loss from fatal crash

Samuel Martin must drive past the scene of his son’s death every day.

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Lanier Tech reorganization to help make programs consistent

Lanier Technical College has appointed its first dean of Allied Health as part of a reorganization designed to make instruction across its five campuses more consistent.

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Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

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Lake stakeholders plan to decide how to manage water quality

A watershed moment may be in store for a group working with state environmental officials on a water quality plan for Lake Lanier.

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Tax debate at core of Hall school board runoff

Tax debate at core of Hall school board runoff

Brian Sloan and Mark Pettitt have a lot in common: Both are graduates of Johnson High School, both have a passion for education, and both are Republicans in favor of small government.

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Prayer Band celebrates 64th anniversary with interfaith gathering

Prayer Band celebrates 64th anniversary with interfaith gathering

Hallelujahs were shouted, hands were raised and stories were told about how the Gainesville Prayer Band had impacted lives and churches for the past 64 years.

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Collins on downed Malaysian jet: ‘World deserves answers’

Northeast Georgians weighed in Friday to the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukrainian airspace.

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Area real estate market again on the move

Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven’t changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

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Snakes alive! It’s a busy summer for serpents

Snakes alive! It’s a busy summer for serpents

Hall County resident Jennifer Sargent has found three snakes in her yard over the past six weeks.

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Driver in fatal June wreck tested positive for meth

A Gainesville woman behind the wheel in a June wreck that killed five people, including three children, had methamphetamine in her system, according to a toxicology report released Friday by the Georgia State Patrol.

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Camp helps kids face loss

Camp helps kids face loss

Camp Braveheart, founded in 1996 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is a weeklong summer camp designed to help children who have experienced a significant loss in their family. The camp is free of charge. Volunteer camp counselors are joined by licensed social workers and an art therapist to help the grieving campers at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville.  

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Plans for new school in Mundy Mill neighborhood still on track

With two elementary schools near capacity, Gainesville City Schools is going forward with plans to build a new elementary school in the Mundy Mill neighborhood.

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Museum to be first of its kind in Georgia

A museum dedicated to education is one step closer to reality in Flowery Branch.

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New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

New test designed to allow for more truck drivers, improve safety

Georgians will be seeing more trucks on the highway in coming years — at least, if economic development plans pan out as the governor’s office expects.

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Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Jumping right in: A swimmer at last

Until my adult swim lessons at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, there was no way I would go into a pool past my shoulders.

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It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: “Who will stop the rain?”

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State jobless patterns are not felt locally

The rising jobless rate in Georgia doesn’t reflect the local employment picture, area business leaders say.

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Early voting for runoff ends today

Today is the last day to vote early for Tuesday’s runoff election.

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2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

2nd man arrested in West Avenue shooting

The case involving a June 5 shooting death at a West Avenue apartment has moved to Superior Court, and a second man connected to the case has been brought into police custody.

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Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges

A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

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Flowery Branch approves property tax increase

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved the city’s first millage rate increase since 2006.

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Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

Truck fire shuts down Interstate 985 southbound

No one was hurt Thursday when a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 985 southbound shut down the highway for a time.

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Gainesville man sentenced to life without parole for rape

A Gainesville man was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday on charges of rape and false imprisonment, according to Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh.

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Gainesville man convicted of attempted murder

A Gainesville man was convicted Thursday of attempted murder in connection with an October 2012 knife attack, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

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Lesson seven: Kick, hands, kick, hands

Wednesday marked my second-to-last adult swim lesson at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. It also marked my first time swimming across the pool, a full 25 yards, from the three-foot side of the pool to the six-foot side.

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Alto man sentenced to 25 years in child molestation case

An Alto man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole following a conviction of aggravated child molestation, among other charges.

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Hall County yet to feel state revenue windfall

State revenues are increasing this year over last, but economic hiccups remain and local governments have yet to see the payoff.

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Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville fan program eases seniors’ swelter

Gainesville residents are trying to find ways of keeping cool in the summer heat that won’t empty their wallets.

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Demolition of Lanier Plaza begins, to take 2-3 weeks

Demolition of the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is underway.

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Wreck injuries not life-threatening

All three occupants involved in a two-vehicle crash in Lula on Tuesday came away from the collision without life-threatening injuries, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan S. Munger said Wednesday.

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Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

Perdue, Kingston visit Hall County, try to woo voters

David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, each rolled through Hall County on Wednesday, hoping to turn out the vote in the July 22 runoff.

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End of course tests show area high schoolers struggling in math

Scores released Wednesday show math remains a struggle for students locally and statewide.

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Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Former Flowery Branch woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas — A former Flowery Branch resident who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Art as science as life

Art as science as life

A visit from artist Carol Christie was the highlight Wednesday of the summer art camp, “Art As Science, Science As Art,” at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville. Each student took a turn at the large canvas, applying paint with many different brushes or sometimes, no brush at all. During the project, students were able to apply knowledge learned during the camp such as mixing colors and using various objects to scratch, smear and remove paint, as well as applying paint using traditional brushes.

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New bike/ped panel would target projects that can be done sooner

Rather than let a newly completed bicycle-pedestrian plan collect dust, area officials agreed Wednesday to form a committee that would talk about possibly kick-starting “some early-action” projects.

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Community mourns loss of Forsyth volunteer, UNG grad Choquette

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New law: Move right or get a ticket

New law: Move right or get a ticket

A new law makes not moving over to another lane when there’s faster traffic behind you an offense for which you could get a ticket.

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Lesson six: Breaststroke is the best stroke

My Monday swim lesson was enough for me to never again want to get into the pool at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

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Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

Poultry lab now looking at fall opening

The new Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall County now appears headed for completion in midfall.

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